ALEX HIT BY FOOD POISONING IN F3 QUALIFYING
Silverstone, UK Sat. 10 July 1999 ; Malaysia's Alex Yoong made 2 visits to the Silverstone circuit's medical centre for treatment of a viral stomach infection before posting a 12th on the grid in qualifying for round 9 of the 1999 British F3 Championship at the Silverstone circuit yesterday.
He is recovering well and will be expected to be fit for today's race at 5.20 PM GMT after the qualifying run of the F1 cars.
Alex was disappointed that he was not that fit to concentrate properly for the task at hand but was philosophical about it, "I made a mistake on my quick runs and blew at least a few positions while another few positions could be gained if the car had been better set up. Its nobody's fault as the team Graff Racing from France and I had come into this race cold being the only team that had not done the FOTA all day test last week."
"I had been throwing up all day on the first qualifying on Thursday and the Circuit doctor had to give me an injection to ease my pain as the oral medication did not work. He said if I were to feel worse the next day, he may have to stop me from racing. So I quickly got better. I'm looking forward to the race on Saturday and hope to get up to the top six. Its good to be in a race car after a 2 months lay-off" added Alex.
Britons Marc Hynes and Jenson Button qualified on pole and second respectively from Brazilian Luciano Burti at third.
The race today will be run over 15 laps of the 5.00 km Formula 1 circuit.
Alex Yoong and the Racing for Malaysia project is sponsored by the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports, Tourism Malaysia, PanGlobal Insurance, Malaysian Airlines, Proton, Brylcreem, NeuroNet Malaysia, RoadAssist and SAMP.